[RndTbl] Even Americans don't like ASCII anymore...

Sean Walberg sean at ertw.com
Thu Dec 20 10:19:21 CST 2012

I'm not sure if one web site is as much an indication of a country's policy
as it is a lack of QA and planning :)

That said, look at what comes over the wire when you hit the original URL
in Chrome

Location: /tsa-pre%E2%9C%93%E2%84%A2

And the resulting request:


It looks like Chrome is the one turning things back to a unicode character.
TSA is following the rules -- if it's not displayable in the us ascii
character set, url encode it. But anything goes in a URL.


On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 7:33 PM, Adam Thompson <athompso at athompso.net>wrote:

> Apparently even the American federal government doesn't think it needs to
> be limited to the ASCII character set any more...
> Go to http://www.tsa.gov/expedited-screening and take a close look at the
> URL it redirects you to.  See attached screenshots of Chrome, Mozilla and
> IE under Win7 for a great illustration of why you shouldn't do this.
> Oh, and the icing on the cake is that their website won't *quite* fit into
> a 1024-pixel-wide browser window.  Travelers with 14" laptop screens are
> apparently no longer expected to visit the USA!
> -Adam Thompson
>  athompso at athompso.net
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